4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 9, 2014 8:32 AM by zimington

    Exporting and space saving help




      Please bear with me. I am trying to find the best solution on importing and exporting and saving space and time.


      So I go out and take a few hundred pics, come back and import them. I make my edit to one like pic and and copy and paste, etc and remove the pics as I go through them that I don't like, option+delete. Then export them with my originals.


      Now I pretty much have double the pics and originals that I don't want but never feel like going through them again and making sure they match up with the export, etc.


      Anyone know a better procedure that deletes the originals too as I go through them in LR at once as I do the export?

        • 1. Re: Exporting and space saving help
          dj_paige Level 9

          I think you have this backwards.




          Most people do not export every single photo and then leave them there sitting on the hard disk. Why? Because they export the photos AS NEEDED, make use of the exported photos (e-mail, web, print, other), and then when the export is no longer needed, they delete the exports (knowing that you can reproduce the exported photo EXACTLY by exporting again, assuming that you have not deleted the original).


          In this way, you have only a single copy (your originals) of your photos on your primary hard disk(s) — of course, you need backups of your photos and catalog file on a different hard disk.

          • 2. Re: Exporting and space saving help
            zimington Level 1

            I understand not deleting the originals, however I am referring to the really bad originals. The garbage pics. I am getting better so am taking less but each pic is roughly 30mb each and I always have pics that are garbage. The good news is Dropbox has 1TB now for $10 a month...

            • 3. Re: Exporting and space saving help
              dj_paige Level 9

              If you want to delete the really bad photos, that's fine, I don't have a problem with that. Why bother exporting and editing them in that case? Just delete them immediately after import, or don't even bother importing them.

              • 4. Re: Exporting and space saving help
                zimington Level 1

                Well I suppose I've answered my own question however I really appreciate your responses. Basically what I was doing was taking the original RAW from the card and copying into a file. Previews or large thumbnails never is detailed or fast enough to quickly review the pictures to see whether I want to discard them or not, so I import them all and under Develop section delete the ones I don't like, however the command, option+delete on a Mac, only deletes them from LR, not the hard drive. So then when I export the finished edits, I'm left with a massive amount of originals that I don't want. 


                Just now however I discovered I could just press "x" and it flags the pic as rejected and then when I have gone through that entire roll, I can simply press command+delete and it automatically asks me if I want to delete from disk and LR the selected rejects.